Hog producers reported 12.9 million hogs, up 0.6% from July 1.
As of July 1, there were 7,100 hog farms in Canada, down 1.4% from the same date a year earlier. These farms reported 1.2 million sows and gilts, holding steady from July 1, 2012.
Domestic hog slaughter was down 1.2% for the first six months of 2013 compared with the same period in 2012, to less than 10.4 million head. Canada exported 2.6 million hogs in the first half of 2013, down 9.2% from 2012. This was 48% below the level recorded at the July peak of 2008.
Thursday August 22, 2013/ Statistics Canada/ Canada.